Employment Insurance Regulations (SOR/96-332)

Regulations are current to 2019-06-20 and last amended on 2019-03-17. Previous Versions

  •  (1) Subject to subsections (2) to (7), an interruption of earnings occurs where, following a period of employment with an employer, an insured person is laid off or separated from that employment and has a period of seven or more consecutive days during which no work is performed for that employer and in respect of which no earnings that arise from that employment, other than earnings described in subsection 36(13), are payable or allocated.

  • (2) An interruption of earnings from an employment occurs in respect of an insured person at the beginning of a week in which a reduction in earnings that is more than 40% of the insured person’s normal weekly earnings occurs because the insured person ceases to work in that employment by reason of illness, injury or quarantine, pregnancy, the need to care for a child or children referred to in subsection 23(1) of the Act or the need to provide care or support to a family member referred to in subsection 23.1(2) of the Act, to a critically ill child or to a critically ill adult.

  • (3) A period of leave referred to in subsection 11(4) of the Act does not constitute an interruption of earnings, regardless of whether the person is remunerated for that period of leave.

  • (4) Where an insured person is employed under a contract of employment under which the usual remuneration is payable in respect of a period greater than a week, no interruption of earnings occurs during that period, regardless of the amount of work performed in the period and regardless of the time at which or the manner in which the remuneration is paid.

  • (5) An interruption of earnings in respect of an insured person occurs

    • (a) in the case of an insured person who is employed in the sale or purchase of real estate on a commission basis and holds a licence to sell real estate issued by a provincial authority, when

      • (i) the licence of the insured person is surrendered, suspended or revoked, or

      • (ii) the insured person ceases to work in that employment by reason of a circumstance referred to in subsection (2); and

    • (b) in the case of an insured person who is employed under a contract of employment and whose earnings from that employment consist mainly of commissions, when

      • (i) the insured person's contract of employment is terminated, or

      • (ii) the insured person ceases to work in that employment by reason of a circumstance referred to in subsection (2).

  • (6) A period of leave referred to in subsection 11(3) of the Act does not constitute an interruption of earnings, regardless of the time at which or the manner in which remuneration is paid.

  • (7) Where an insured person accepts less remunerative work with their employer and as a consequence receives a wage supplement under a provincial law intended to provide indemnity payments where the continuation of a person's work represents a physical danger to them, to their unborn child or to the child they are breast-feeding, an interruption of earnings occurs on the insured person's last day of work before the beginning of the less remunerative work.

  • SOR/2003-393, s. 1
  • SOR/2013-102, s. 4
  • SOR/2017-226, s. 2
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